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Thief Second Opinion

Mired in between-gen limbo

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HIGH There's satisfaction to be had in completing a mission without being spotted.

LOW Constantly hitting dead ends as I tried to get from point A to point B.

WTF Garrett is a master thief who can climb walls and towers, but he can't jump over a three foot pressure plate?

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review

Fall in Love With Hating Skull Face

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Review Screenshot

HIGH Grabbing one Marine by the throat and shooting his friend in the head while slo-mo rain pelts the scene.

LOW How long am I going to have to wait for the resolution to this cliffhanger?

WTF One of the side missions is longer and more intricate than the main game.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 107: Bravely Default, Thief, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, Inazuma Eleven, and Listener Qs

Sinan Kubba is joined by Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Brad "Gilligan" Gallaway for a round-up of some of the early big-hitters of 2014, including Bravely Default, Thief, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and, er, Inazuma Eleven. Then it's a quick-fire edition of listener's questions, followed closely by the ever-stalking Thumbs Up Thumbs Down"

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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review

Shackled

Assassin's Creed: Liberation Review Screenshot

HIGH Exploring the cenotes to find artifacts.

LOW Ugh, a mission with Connor.

WTF So I guess I just exit this warehouse and... OH GOD A BEAR!

Thief Review

Stealing Stuff In Dark Places

Thief Review Screenshot

HIGH Garrett is flowing, smooth, dark and deadly.

LOW Too many illogical, immersion-shattering instances of weirdness.

WTF Where the hell does Garrett carry all the stuff he swipes?!?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Review

Better Than Human

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Review Screenshot

HIGH This is the best version of Human Revolution available.

LOW SmartGlass features on Xbox 360 are completely broken.

WTF Occasional drastic pop-in that didn't exist in the original.

Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate Review

Bats & Cats

Batman Origins Black Gate Review Screenshots

HIGH Putting Batman in a 2.5D world works wonderfully

LOW you want me to collect 5 hostages right before the end? Really?

WTF how did this map system ever get approved?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 105: Next-Gen Report Cards

Sinan Kubba takes roll call and finds Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, and Mike "Aesthetics" Bracken in attendance for a first period of Whatcha Been Playing, followed by an extended study on the next-gen consoles.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Stealth action, delivered with Conviction.

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HIGH Ghosting through a battleground of enemies shooting at where they think Sam might be hiding - and never once realising their mistake until it's too late.

LOW Hello, wildly out of place first person shooting segment.

WTF Andre Kobin goes from being an intensely detestable two-bit thug to the coolest character in the series? How did that happen?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 103: Game of the Year 2013

Expectations are always high for our year-end festivities, and we aim to please for 2013. We run down the most notable games of the year, our own personal highlights, and as always, the spine-tingling GOTY vote. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and special guest James Carter of Cane and Rinse fame. Also, apologies for the low quality of the audio!

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